We've been a fan of Gone Mild's musings, especially after he stuck up for a local attorney accused of enticing a 14-year-old girl who (surprise!) turned out to be a law-enforcement officer. Not that we're pro-pedophile. Neither is Dan Ryan, who writes Gone Mild, but damned if he didn't actually consider the law. Ryan agreed with a judge's reading that the accused wasn't guilty because he didn't really solicit a minor. Of course, the guy was later convicted. But it's these thought-provoking arguments that make Ryan a favorite Web read. The unabashed liberal isn't afraid to admit his shame in fellow Democrats, calling U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill the "moral twin" of former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent for her support of "a blank check" for President Bush's war in Iraq. "Claire McCaskill should be forced to attend every single funeral of every single soldier killed because of her gutlessness," he wrote. "She should be forced to change the dressings on the missing limbs her cowardice has caused." Finally, we admire him because he's the rarest of bloggers — one who avoids personal attacks on those who disagree with him.